BACK to Blog Posts

July 28, 2006
July 28th, 2006

Birthdays:Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, Richard Rogers, Marcel Duchamp, Rudy Vallee, Joe E. Brown, Jim Davis the creator of Garfield, Frank Yankovic the Polka King, Elizabeth Berkley the star of the film Showgirls, Earl Francis Tupper the inventor of Tupperware

1655- Poet, playwright and duelist Cyrano de Bergerac died in Paris. The famous
play about him and his big nose was written by Edmond Rostand in 1895.

1788-In England Master portrait painter Sir Joshua Reynolds visited the other master
British portrait painter Sir Thomas Gainsborough, who was dying or cancer. They
had been enemies for years, but now they made up. As Reynolds was leaving, Gainsborough said " Goodbye until we meet in the Hereafter, Van Dyck in our company."

1858- The French photographer Nadar went up in a balloon and took the first aerial

1948- In honor of the death of D.W. Griffith, all Hollywood studios observed three
minutes of silence.

1948- The Premiere of that utterly memorable film " ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET
FRANKENSTEIN." For you hardcore film trivia fans this film is the only other
time than the original Tod Browning movie that Bela Lugosi played Count Dracula
on film. After this Lou Costello, who was an ardent admirer of Senator Joseph MacCarthy,
insisted all his staff sign loyalty oaths. He fired the two writers of this movie
Robert Lees and Frederic Rinaldo, over their refusal to comply. Unfortunately for
Abbott and Costello they were their best comedy writers. They never had a successful movie

1971- Photographer Diane Arbus probed increasingly darker subject matter, circus
freaks, severe birth defects. This day she committed suicide by swallowing a bottle
of sleeping pills, then slitting her wrists.

1999- Mayor Willie Brown of San Francisco declared today Marylin Chambers Day, in
honor of the star of porn films like Behind the Green Door.

2061- The next predicted appearance of Halley's Comet.